2nd journal entry for Boston!
Romans 5:12,15,17-21 ” Therefore, just as through one person sin entered the world, and through sin, death, and thus death came to all, inasmuch, as all sinned-But the gift is not like the transgression. For if by that one person’s transgression the many died, how much more did the grace of God and the gracious gift of the one person Jesus Christ overflow for the many. For if, by the transgression of one person, death came to reign through that one, how much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of justification come to reign in life through the one person Jesus Christ……. Through the obedience of ONE the many will be made righteous.”
This reading really spoke to me this morning. So often I focus on my sin and the unworthiness I have to be in an intimate relationship with Christ. However, God says to me through Jesus Christ I am worthy to recieve grace and justification. I believe what God is saying to me is this: the reality and pain of sin is punishment enough. I need to live in the freedom that, although I am a sinner, grace was justified for me through Christ. I so often focus on my shortcomings and flaws, but God thinks nothing of them. I am precious and glorious in His eyes, and my prayer is that I may take ownership of my righteousness through Jesus Christ and live in humble confidence knowing that I have been saved and redeemed and am worthy of eternal life with God in heaven. “through the obedience of one the many will be made righteous.”
Continuation of retreat…
Yesterday afternoon we had an amazing talk led by Matt Maher about Sacramental Based Youth Ministry. Matt talked about how everything flows from the Eucharist. Everything…. In the Eucharist we are shown God’s love for us. Jesus gives himself freely and completely to us in a selfless act of love, and it is through the Eucharist we are shown how to love perfectly. I absolutely loved his talk. He then continued to talk about how all of Jesus, His miracles, sufferings, joys, His entire LIFE is passed down to us through the Eucharist. Jesus’ stories then become our stories as we are united with Him. It then becomes our joy, blessing, cross, and duty to share His [and our] story with the world. One of the last things that really moved me was what He said about marriage and the Eucharist. Without the Eucharist, marriage can’t be lived out to its fullest because, through this sacrament, Jesus gives Himself completely to us and teaches us how to love in the most perfect way, and in marriage, we are called to do the same… WOW!
Lastly, we had an incredible mass. Fr. Matt talked about how we are all missionaries. We are called to live our lives as service to Christ through the heart of a missionary. He also talked about martyrs, how we are all called to love Christ so much that we would die for Him. The reason people were able to die for their faith was because they spent MORE TIME IN HEAVEN than on earth. This means their entire days were centered around prayer, the Eucharist, and unity with Christ. This gave them the grace and confidence to become martyrs for Christ.
May we all come to love Christ with this same passion!!!